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181.   THE DEATH OF RAMARAJA.
Aliya Ramaraja, son-in-law of Krsnadevaraya, was
ruling the kingdom afterwards. At that time two Muhammadan
officers, who had heen in the service of the Narapati kings
for a long time, saw one day, while they were seated in the
durbar, a pig passing at a distance, and spat upon the
gronnd. Some of the courtiers who were ill-disposed towards
them brought their conduct to the notice of the Raya, and
pointed out that the officers who had insulted in this manner
one of the incarnations of their god did not deserve to remain
in the service of the state. At last they succeeded in
persuading him to prohibit the said officers from entering into
the precincts of the palace.
The officers waited patiently for two or three months,
being desirous of obeying the will of their master. As they
did not receive their salary during these months, they were
not in a position even to quit the city. At last they sent a
message to the Raya: "We and our men have not received our
salaries from a long time; our womenfolk are put to much
inconvenience as they have no money to defray the household
expenses. If (Your Majesty) is pleased to pay our salary, we
shall leave this place, and seek service elsewhere. " When the
Raya perused their representation, he sent the following order :
" There seems to be no chance of your receiving cash; we shall
find out whether there is any gold or silver bullion (in the
treasury), and send you a quantity equivalent in value to your
salary," The officers, considering that bullion could be easily
converted into cash, submitted that they would readily accept
anything which His Majesty was pleased to pay.
After some deliberation, Ramaraja devised a plan to pay
tlieir salary. With the quantity of gold due to them, he had a
golden boar manufactured, and sent it to them in lieu of their
salary. When they saw this golden boar, they were greatly
astonished. Having hung it together with shoes, they spat
upon it, and departed to Bhaganagar with their women and
by night. When they reached that city, they narrated